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The Fugitive

Corrected entry: Before Dr. Nichols makes his speech, the host introduces him as Dr. Charles Lentz. Lentz was the surname of the other doctor who was killed in a car accident.

Correction: He is introduced as Charles Nicholls.

Corrected entry: In the flashback scene, Kimball is introduced to Lentz at the fundraiser on the night of the murder. The hitman is also obviously in Chicago to commit the murder. But it is later established and made much use of in the plot development that both Lentz and the hitman were in Cancun on a sail fishing junket on the night of the murder.

Correction: The images of the fishing trip are used to prove that Sykes and Lentz knew each other. It is never suggested that the trip was supposed to be at the same time as the murder took place.

Corrected entry: Kimble searches records of people who have had prosthetic arms installed, which is how he eventually finds Frederick Sykes. Kimble and his lawyers should have been given access to those records prior to his trial, and if so, there's a good chance they would have found a record of Frederick Sykes.

Correction: It's unlikely that Kimble was allowed to just browse a medical database and meet the resulting names face to face back while he was on trial. It would have been the police following up on Kimble's claims of a one armed perp, but they already didn't believe Kimble was telling the truth, so they wouldn't have pursued it the way Kimble would have wanted. Plus, Sykes himself mentioned that he was questioned about the murder a year ago, but he had an alibi. It was only after a determined Kimble broke into his house and violated due process that they were able to actually begin to get evidence.

Corrected entry: When Richard Kimble is walking, there is one shot of him walking into a train tunnel. The camera is mounted on top of a train and the train is clearly visible at the bottom of the screen. You see the train for a few seconds and then you see the shot focusing in on Richard, as if they've just discovered their mistake.

Correction: This is not a mistake as such as it only appears in the full frame version of the movie. Originally the film was shot on 4:3 film but framed for 1.85:1 presentation. The final negative would then have been masked top and bottom so any information outside of the widescreen area could not be seen (including in this instance the edge of the train). However on the 4:3 home video version, rather than cropping the picture and losing information at the side of the screen, a compromise has been made and the negative has been unmasked instead which, while revealing more detail at the top and bottom of the screen, now allows the train to be seen.

Corrected entry: When Samuel arrives at Cook County Hospital after learning that Kimble might be there, it is pitch black. In the next scene when he is questioning Dr. Eastman, it is broad daylight out.

Correction: It's a time cut, not a mistake. Gerard arrived at the hospital; likely spoke to either hospital administration and security; questioned doctors, nurses, patients, and hospital personnel; all of which takes time. Nothing about the scene between Gerard and Eastman suggests that it takes place moments after his arrival at the hospital. Dr. Eastman is wearing a jacket, suggesting it's the end of her shift; Gerard speaks to her as if she'd already been questioned by his people; and at no point does Gerard run out the door to try to locate Kimble who slipped out during his arrival.

Corrected entry: When Kimble is being chased out of the courthouse, he tells an officer, "There's a man in a blue top coat waving a gun around and screaming - and a woman", yet Gerard was the only one chasing Kimble.

Correction: He said "screaming AT a woman'. Not AND a woman.

Corrected entry: When the cops get called to the one-armed man's house: 1) When they start listing his address off the call tracer, they give an address that does not exist. 2) Even if it did exist, it's not on the South Side - it would be in the Loop, less than half a mile from where they are. 3) When they finally pull up to the house, the address actually on the house doesn't match the address they supposedly traced the call to - it's in the 11000 block, not the 200 block. 4) An address on the 11000 block of that street would be outside of the city of Chicago, and out of the jurisdiction of Chicago cops; yet they conduct a stakeout of his house anyway.

Correction: To address those points 1 & 2: This film also uses a fictional hospital ('Chicago Memorial') and a fictional lock up where Kimble visits a one armed man then evades the Marshalls. The one armed man's address not exisiting in reality is no more a mistake than these other two examples. In the world of this film, the address exists and does so at the specified location. As for point 3): The US Marshalls have instructed the police to stakeout the house in their search for Kimble. Co-operation between police from different jurisdictions is hardly unusual in major cases.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Kimble jumps from the train, a moment later the bus is demolished by the train and roars past Kimball. A moment later, Kimble is almost run over by the engine, indicating he must have run down the tracks faster than the train.

Correction: A few moments after smashing into the bus, we see one of the cars (which may also be an engine-type car) decouple from the car in front and derail, almost running Kimble down. It may be an engine car, but it was not at the front of the train.

Corrected entry: In the shot right before Kimble jumps off of the dam, you can see the dam is angled out. There is no way he could have cleared it when he jumped.

Correction: He didn't clear it. He jumped outward as far as he could, then fell into the falling water on the side of the dam before landing in the river below.

Corrected entry: In the crime scene photos and the flashbacks shown during Kimble's trial, the murdered Helen Kimble is lying on her side (where she died making the 911 call). Later, in Kimble's nightmare, she's lying on her back, when he turned her over to try to revive her, and later embrace her when he realized she was dead. He admitted to moving her, so shouldn't she have been in this position in the earlier scenes? Certainly for the crime scene photos at least.

Correction: The position was different in his NIGHTMARE, his mind. Kimble would be unable to recall the ordeal in perfect detail. We should only consider the crime scene photos accurate.

Corrected entry: When the police officer is describing Kimble to a man he thinks isn't him (really is), he says "brown hair". Kimble didn't have brown hair - it was gray.

Correction: Character mistake: he misremembers. Happens all the time.

Corrected entry: On the train towards the end Sykes kills the transit cop, and Richard Kimble is subsequently blamed for it. However, throughout the scene of Sykes killing the cop and his and Kimble's fight, there are at least two other people in the same car watching the whole thing who would be able to say with certainty that Kimble was not the one who killed the cop. He should never have been a suspect in that killing.

Correction: The logic however behind that is the police and everyone else knew what the audience does. In reality once Kimble and Sykes got off the train there was no telling what happened to those two people or what they told the police. Added to this Kimble was identified by the transit cop before being shot. The fact they are chasing a convicted murderer it wouldn't be too far of a stretch to think he was involved with the killing on the train. In the end Kimble is exonerated so obviously they must have eventually discovered he didn't kill the cop.

Corrected entry: The dummy that falls off the dam is very fake looking and looks nothing like Harrison Ford.

Correction: This mistake has already been corrected.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film when Kimble is fighting the other doctor on the roof of the hotel, they crash through a glass skylight into the elevator shaft. Tommy Lee Jones and Joey Pantoliano get to the broken window and look down at them, Joey holding his pistol out as if to shoot Kimble in the elevator shaft. Jones says no to him and he reholsters. Joey's pistol in this scene appears to be a stainless steel one, either a 1911 or a Smith and Wesson. However, inside the hotel later, in the climactic laundry room scene, Joey is holding a mid sized model Glock (all matte black), which is the one the other doc steals from him and tries to shoot Jones with.

Correction: Might it be possible that Joey Pantoliano's character follows the same protocol as exhibited earlier by Tommy Lee Jones' character, they carry more than one weapon, of different types? Remember at the dam, when Jones' lost his gun after a fall, and he had a second weapon on him?

Corrected entry: When Tommy Lee Jones has found out that Kimble is in "the presidential suite" he turns the car and goes to the hotel. If you look at the way he is turning the wheel compared to in what direction the car actually moves you will see that it doesn't fit - the car turns around to the left but the wheel is turned to the right.

Correction: Turning the wheel to the right is not a mistake. It is a common driving technique called counter-steering. When they whip the car around you would need to do this as well. Anyone that has driven in the snow or ice will know what I'm talking about.

Corrected entry: Harrison Ford insisted on doing the stunt where he jumps out of the overturned prison vehicle to escape the oncoming train himself.

Correction: Completely false, since there was no "stunt" involved. The image of Kimble jumping off the upturned bus was a special effect using a blue screen.

Corrected entry: When Kimble reaches the hospital the first time he takes a box and carries it inside, as if he is one of the delivery guys. Why does nobody notice him? Wouldn't the delivery men see that he isn't one of them? And wouldn't people notice his unkempt appearance and ask questions of him?

Correction: This is not a plot hole. The hospital is busy, with many other people walking around, and as we learn from his colleagues throughout the movie, Dr. Kimble is very smart and he would not do anything to draw attention to himself. Also, Kimble looks at the delivery truck (presumably to see if the driver sees him) before grabbing the box and entering the hospital.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dr. Richard Kimble - posing as a janitor in a prosthetics lab - prints off a list of patients with a particular type of arm prosthesis, he quickly crumples up the paper and shoves it in his pocket. In the next scene, where Kimble is shown in a telephone booth calling people from the list, the paper has magically smoothed itself out.

Correction: It's not completely smooth. He probably uncrumpled it and pressed it out against something flat. People do that all the time.

Corrected entry: When Richard Kimble is running from the U.S. Marshals, to blend in with the parade he finds a green hat in the garbage can, but notice he approaches it like he knew it was in there to begin with.

Correction: Maybe he could see it from his vantage point. He's not that far away, it's a mesh can, and it's a very visible bright green.

Corrected entry: Kimble has just finished talking on the phone with his lawyer when the cops hear the noise in the background. They figure out the sound is that of an El-Train. They then start to list the different places that have an El. One of the cities they name is Milwaukee - there has never been an El-Train there!

Correction: This a character mistake not a movie mistake.

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Quotes

Richard Kimble: I didn't kill my wife!
Sam Gerard: I don't care.

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Mistakes

When Harrison Ford is being chased in an ambulance by the police, there is a shot of police cars heading towards the waterfalls in the background. If you look closely, the water is not moving.

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Trivia

When "Richard" starts to limp it wasn't planned, Harrison actually hurt a ligament in his knee shooting a promo for the movie, a promo that wasn't even part of the movie. He refused to receive treatment until filming was finished and ended up needing surgery.

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